|Birth: ||Sep. 13, 1817|
|Death: ||Oct. 28, 1893|
Died at her residence in Colorado county, some six miles below Alleyton, Saturday October 28, 1893, Mrs. Nancy Alley, aged 76 years. [Interment in Alley Cemetery] Another one of the first settlers of Texas has passed away- another home desolate. A truly noble whole-souled woman has gone from our midst, and will be sadly missed. The writer of his sketch knew her long, intimately and affectionately. Being scarcely more than an infant when my parents moved to the neighborhood in 1840, and growing up in happy companionship with her children, almost as brothers and sisters. My mother and she were neighbors and intimate friends for more that thirty-five years.
We knew her as one who lived as nearly up to the golden rule-"Do unto others as you would be done by"-as any one we ever knew. A kind and gentle wife; an affectionate, patient mother; a true and sympathetic friend; a woman of much intelligence-one who read extensively, and with a clear understanding; well informed in history and the current topics of the day.
She was ever inclined to throw the mantle of charity over the faults and follies of others-kind and generous hearted, always ready and willing to help the poor and the needy or the unfortunate: yet so quiet, modest and retiring, so averse to notoriety or display, that few outside of her neighborhood knew her worth, or could appreciated her lovely character.
She was the mother of nine children, four of whom – three sons and a daughter (Mr.s M. E. Dawson) survive, with many friends, to mourn her loss. She has also one surviving brother, Daniel Miller, now living in Georgetown, Texas. For the past seven or eight years she has been able to read even fine print without the aid of glasses, but her health has been delicate for several years, and her memory fast failing, especially in matters of recent date; otherwise her mind was clear, and she was able to be up going about the house until five days before her death, when she was taken ill.
Mrs. Alley was the second child of Dr. John and Mrs. Elizabeth Miller, nee Payne, and was born in Tatnel county Ga., Sept. 13, 1817. While she was yet an infant her parents moved to Morgan county, near Decatur, Ala. Dr. Miller came with his wife and five children to Texas in 1831- Nancy, the subject of this sketch, 14 years old. Arriving in Colorado county in the summer they settled on the west side of Colorado river, seven miles below Columbus at a crossing then known a Atasca Sita, (pronounced Tuskyseet.) Here, amidst the dangers, privations and exposure of a new and thinly settled county; the family were stricken down with smallpox, the servants having contracted the disease when they came through New Orleans. They all suffered terribly from this disease. Two of the children-William and Julia Miller-died with it. Dr. John Miller, the father, died Oct. 21, 1831, of hardship and exposure. His widow married Jacob Betts, who did not live long afterward, and his wife soon followed him.
Nancy Miller and Abraham Alley (brother of Ross Alley of Texas history) were married April 26th, 1835. In 1836, when the Mexicans were invading the country, Mr. Alley removed his family to the Trinity, where they were encamped when the battle was fought. Mr. Alley and Daniel Miller, Mrs. Alley's brother, were both in the battle of San Jacinto.
Soon after the battle Mr. Alley returned with his family to Colorado county and settled on the east side of the river, near their first home. Here he died in 1862, respected and esteemed by all who knew him. And here, in the presence of her children, grandchildren and many friends, the remains of Mrs. Nancy Alley were laid to rest October 29, 1893 in the family graveyard, near father, mother, brothers and sisters, husband and children, who had preceded her-
"No more to suffer or to sigh:
No more to sorrow or to die,
She lived as peaceful as a dove;
She died as blossoms die;
And now her spirit floats above,
A seraph in the sky."
November 22, 1893. A Friend
Submitted by Laura Ann Rau
Mrs. Nancy Alley of Alleyton died at her residence last Sunday, and her remains were committed to earth in the family burial ground next day, aged 67 yers. She was an old Texan, having been a resident of the state nearly fifty years.
Weimar Mercury, November 4, 1893, page 2
John Millar (1787 - 1831)
Elizabeth Payne Millar (1797 - 1837)
Laura Ann Alley Wright (1838 - 1856)*
Mary E Alley Dawson (1844 - 1903)*
John Ross Alley (1847 - 1926)*
William W Alley (1849 - 1944)*
Amenda L Alley (1852 - 1862)*
Daniel Payne Alley (1854 - 1928)*
Daniel Millar (1816 - 1894)*
Nancy Millar Alley (1817 - 1893)
John Millar (1826 - 1843)*
Elizabeth Millar Bonds (1831 - 1861)*
Created by: MarilynB
Record added: Jun 16, 2012
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